Animal Crossing – Not the genetic manipulations I was expecting.

I’m a grown up lady (sort of) and I love my Nintendo 3DS. Some of my friends suggested I pick up Animal Crossing. Sure, I can’t keep playing Marvel pinball all the time (screw you, Iron Man, your table is stupid) and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon hasn’t kept my interest. I’m in. I don’t know what I was expecting Animal Crossing would be about. Maybe literally crossing animals and making adorable hybrids that live in a town with trains? I didn’t anticipate getting a home loan and appraising fossils. I’m constantly amazed at how strange and boring the game is. But I can’t stop playing. This game is addictive, like I assume crack is.
Remember fishing in Ocarina of Time? Or farming anything in World of Warcraft? Or building your house in TheSims? Now imagine you’re super high on mushrooms and you design a game of only those things, but for kids. I think that’s how Animal Crossing was born.
The people of my beloved town, Puffsberg, and constantly asking me to help them with their catch phrases and greetings. They haven’t contributed a single bell (or dollars to you people IRL) to any of our town projects. They do nothing but fish, catch bugs, and ask me to collect fruit for them. Deadbeats. And when I do cough up all the cash to complete our town improvements, they tell me to take the rest of the day off. Take the day off?! I’m ignoring work by playing Animal Crossing, don’t make me go back to my day job! Or worse, pack up and clean my apartment. *shudder*

When the game started, I was hoping to be able to customize my character more. I’m attached to my little avatar now but I was disappointed at first that I’m the only human in my crazy animal world. I designed my own chic LBD to wear about town. At least I look good while I’m shaking trees. I also own at fishing and have a pretty well stocked museum. My island trips are like a vacation from my bizarre mayoral position in Puffsberg. Eat your heart out Rob Ford. I’m the best mayor ever. But I’m addicted to Animal Crossing. I guess we all have problems. Now I have to run, because this fishing tournament isn’t going to win itself!

I give the game an 8.5/10. It’s really only a 6 for game play, but it turns the addictive level up to 11 so I took an average.

– Roz Y.

A microbiologist turned screenwriter, she loves all things science. Roz enjoys video games (the cake is a lie!) and reading comic books, and arguing with other geeks about both. Inspired by screenwriters like Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, Fran Walsh, and Joss Whedon, her favourite genres are science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Roz is so cool she plays the French Horn and has a collection of fabulous head bands.

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